The London Printworks Trust Launch Counter Feat Art Notes

By: Jo Gifford on Dec 30th 2011
The London Printworks Trust Launch Counter Feat Art Notes

The London Printworks Trust have launched a “Counter Feat” project to aid fundraising and save the printmaking facility in Brixton. The charity is resorting to a brave and innovative approach to keeping their much treasured services open, including art notes designed by Victoria Beckham, Hemingway Design, Zandra Rhodes and Jonathan Saunders. London Printworks Trust is positioned as a center of excellence for textile print, and is based in Brixton, South London, UK. “Our passion has continued for twenty years... CONTINUE READING

U.S. Watchdog Working to Ban Photoshop in Cosmetic Ads

By: Matt Cannon on Dec 29th 2011
U.S. Watchdog Working to Ban Photoshop in Cosmetic Ads

In the days of Pin-Up Girls, artists would render upgraded versions of the models based on photographs to achieve the look every woman wanted at the time. This is an old tradition and a false reality that we have accepted and become comfortably numb to in mass marketing for quite some time. We’re always told not to believe everything we read. In a digital age where reality is so easily skewed by a simple box of tools inside Photoshop,... CONTINUE READING

Smart Adjustment Layers with Photoshop

By: James George on Dec 28th 2011
Smart Adjustment Layers with Photoshop

Photoshop is synonymous with image editing, and with the addition of adjustment layers to its arsenal, Photoshop has even more flexibility than ever before. For the addition of adjustment layers, when you would edit an image, you would have to duplicate the original layer for safe keeping, and when you made an adjustment to its Hue/Saturation, Color balance, or any of the other adjustment settings, they were permanent. To go back and edit them, you would have to use... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design: Now in Production at Walker Arts

By: Jo Gifford on Dec 27th 2011
Graphic Design: Now in Production at Walker Arts

‘Graphic Design: Now in Production’ is currently exhibiting at Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis until 22 January. The exhibition explores how design has grown and evolved over the last decade and, more specifically, how the world of design has been shaped by design-led books, posters and magazines such as Wallpaper*. The major international exhibition is the largest on the subject since the seminal 1989 exhibition Graphic Design in America: A Visual Language History also at Walker Arts, and the... CONTINUE READING

Design and Political Protest

By: Nicole Spiegel-Gotsch on Dec 26th 2011
Design and Political Protest

Lately I get the feeling that when people hear the word “design” images of Don Draper-like ad-men plying clients with hard liquor, irresistible pitches and sheer animal magnetism come to their minds. But design can be used for more than just selling the latest product or service, it can be used as political commentary or, as the title of Milton Glaser’s book so eloquently terms it, “The Design of Dissent.” From El Lissitsky’s 1919 poster, “Beat the Whites with... CONTINUE READING

Graphic Design Career Paths

By: Mirko Humbert on Dec 23rd 2011
Graphic Design Career Paths

Life as a graphic design student is quite enjoyable. You get to work on interesting projects, without the constraints of picky clients and tight budgets. Your teachers push you to be creative, giving you great (if your teacher is good) advice to become a better designer. But what happens once you graduate? Once you have your diploma in hands, things become more real. You have to find a way to make money with your new skills, which means to... CONTINUE READING

Build Creates a Short Film for Nokia Using 7 Young Illustrators

By: Jo Gifford on Dec 22nd 2011
Build Creates a Short Film for Nokia Using 7 Young Illustrators

Build is a design and illustration agency based in London who have just completed a short film for Nokia (NYSE:NOK), the mobile phone technology giants. The film illustrates the benefits of Near Field Communications Technology, (tapping on device onto another in a similar way to Oyster cards in the UK), and featured the work of seven young illustrators who were discovered from the Summer graduate showcases. The featured up and coming illustrators are: Nina Cosford, Tom Edwards, Sam Falconer,... CONTINUE READING

Photoshop Hue Saturation Tutorial

By: James George on Dec 21st 2011
Photoshop Hue Saturation Tutorial

Color is an essential part of any design. The right color can invoke the right mood and set the entire tone of a design piece. Cool tones can have a calming or tranquil effect, a saddening effect, and give you the feeling of being cold. Warm tones can give you a sense of warmth, happiness, and can give you the sense of feeling angry, or parched. With this in mind, it is important to know how to correct colors... CONTINUE READING

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